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REL Northeast & Islands Webinar: Massachusetts, Minnesota, and the State Role in Supporting Early Warning System Implementation
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May 18, 2016

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

Location: Webinar

Description: What is the role of state education agencies in supporting the implementation of early warning systems (EWSs) to identify students at risk of not graduating from high school? Join Susan Therriault, REL Northeast & Islands, for an overview of the state role in EWS implementation, along with Kate Sandel, Massachusetts Department of Education, and John Gimpl, Minnesota Department of Education. They will discuss their processes for organizing, implementing, monitoring, and adjusting their EWSs and the supports (team members, training, guidance, resources) available in their states to support EWS work and confront challenges to implementation. Strategies to connect EWS work to other state agency programs and priorities will also be discussed.

The webinar is part of the REL Learning Series on Early Warning Systems.

Audience: State education agency administrators and policymakers, as well as local education agency staff familiar with EWSs but interested in maximizing the supports available through partnerships between local and state education agencies.

Speakers: Presenters

  • Susan Therriault, EdD, Principal Researcher, REL Northeast & Islands
  • Kate Sandel, Senior Policy Analyst, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • John Gimpl, State Implementation Leader, Minnesota Department of Education - Office of Deputy Commissioner


  • Jenny Scala, Researcher, REL Northeast & Islands

Report Citation: O’Cummings, M., & Therriault, S. (2015). From accountability to prevention: Early warning systems put data to work for struggling students. Washington, DC: American Institutes for Research. Retrieved from

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